Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster Concept built by Trainees

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled its new F-CELL Roadster Concept. The project is a result of more than 150 trainees and dual-education system students that worked together to build the roadster with fuel-cell drive.

The F-CELL Roadster concept is powered by a fuel-cell system located at the rear with a power rating of 1.2 kW that allows it to reach a top speed of 15 mph and an operating range of 217 miles.

Of course we doubt anyone will ever travel 217 miles at the top speed of 15 mph but shall pay respect where it is due – so congratulations to everyone who worked on the F-CELL Roadster.

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster Concept:

Press Release:

– Young people unite high tech and tradition

– Alternative drive systems as a training topic

In a hitherto unique project bridging various fields of profession, the trainees of Daimler AG at the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz plant have built a Roadster with fuel cell drive. For about a year, more than 150 trainees and dual education system students worked on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the F-CELL Roadster. This project involved junior employees from the fields of automotive mechatronics, model-building, electronics, coating technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design, and interior appointments. The prime objective of the project was to integrate the topic of alternative drive systems into training with hands-on experience.

“This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our vocational training,” said Human Resources Board member and Labor Relations Manager Günther Fleig. “I am delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project.”

Tradition meets the future

The F-CELL Roadster uniquely combines state-of-the-art technologies with the history of vehicle construction. As an allusion to the Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886, the vehicle is fitted with large spoked wheels. Moreover, the F-CELL Roadster incorporates stylistic elements from diverse eras of automotive history, such as the carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers and the distinctively styled fiberglass front section, based on the component from the Formula One racing bolides.

The F-CELL Roadster is controlled with drive-by-wire technology, and a joystick takes the place of a conventional steering wheel. The vehicle is powered by the emission-free fuel cell system located at the rear. With a power rating of 1.2 kW the F-CELL Roadster reaches a top speed of 25 km/h and has an operating range of up to 350 km.

– By: Kap Shah